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Winans, Samuel Ross, 1855-1910
Winans Collection of New Jersey Documents
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 0.8 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2


Consists of almost 200 eighteenth-century documents, mostly deeds to land, relating to several towns in Essex County, New Jersey, particularly Westfield, collected by Samuel Ross Winans (Princeton Class of 1874).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of almost 200 eighteenth-century documents, mostly deeds to land, relating to several towns in Essex County, New Jersey, particularly Westfield, collected by Winans (Princeton Class of 1874). Included among this assortment are bills of sales of slaves (1807, 1811), a complete inventory of two estate sales (1790, 1800), and tax lists for Westfield (1790, 1824, 1828). These latter documents list the inhabitants by name and indicate, much like a census, the type of house each has, its size and material of construction, number of windows and outhouses, presence of a kitchen, number of acres of land owned, number of slaves owned, and the valuation of the dwelling and the land. Abraham Clark, signer of the Declaration, and Sir Francis Bernard, English colonial governor, are two notable figures represented in the collection.


The folders are arranged alphabetically by signer/subject of document.

Collection Creator Biography:

Winans, Samuel Ross, 1855-1910

Samuel Ross Winans (Princeton Class of 1874) was an American collector.

Collection History


Caricature of Edward VII by Max Beerbohm is a gift of Mrs. Hamilton Cottier.


No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Winans Collection of New Jersey Documents; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2